Writer: Mark Waid
Art: Jesus Saiz and VC’s Cory Petit
Release Date: August 28th, 2019
Stephen Strange is back on Earth after his Multiversal odyssey with Galactus and Clea in this week’s all-new DOCTOR STRANGE #18 by Mark Waid. But is the Multiverse done with Doctor Strange? By the Images of Ikonn, let’s take a look into this issue as a truly terrifying villain works their way into the Marvel Universe that will have people talking for years!
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
Mark Waid delivers a fantastically fun issue that will leave readers wishing the series wasn’t going to end. Additionally, Jesus Saiz perfectly balances Waid’s humorously entertaining tale with some of the most clearly detailed and authentically exhilarating pages that “take your mom out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again”. Together, Waid and Saiz captivate the readers from the immediate awkward entry of Doctor Strange into the Stanton families home and never let off the gas until the end of the issue.
This issue is the perfect one-shot for any fan interested in exploring the character of Doctor Strange while giving them a taste of his arrogance and wizardry wonder, as well as the many types of inter-dimensional evil the Sorcerer Supreme faces daily. The comedic tone Waid portrays throughout the issue gives insight into the good Doctor’s character, as well as the lengths he will go in order to save the day.
Furthermore, from lines like “good lord woman, white vinegar…” to “why is he soaking wet?”, Waid creates laughable moments that guide readers from one panel to the next leaving fans chuckling out loud at each turn of the page. Waid’s story is such an incredibly enjoyable issue that all comic fans should take the time to read. This issue truly displays the light-hearted humor and clever storytelling of one of the best in the business making this reviewer sad his run has to come to an end. Waid was able to take a one-shot that this comic fan was mildly hesitant in reading and make it one of the best issues of his run so far.
By the bolts of Balthakk, readers need to pick this one up and add it to your collection. It’s a fantastic narrative to pull out years from now that you’ll love and need no context before or after the issue to read it. This reviewer highly recommends DOCTOR STRANGE #18 and everyone should be adding the remaining issues in the series to their pull list. Awesome job Waid and Saiz!